The Importance of Regular Plumbing MaintenanceLike our HVAC and electrical systems, our plumbing systems are rarely given a second thought – that is until there is a problem. Just like your heating and air conditioning units, your plumbing system should have regular inspections at least once a year.
Why Have Your Plumbing Inspected
During plumbing maintenance, a licensed plumber will perform a complete evaluation of your home plumbing system. Routine plumbing maintenance keeps systems running smoothly and helps you to avoid unexpected, and sometimes quite costly, repairs.
A thorough plumbing inspection should always cover the following:
Sinks, tubs and showers – Regular inspections can identify hidden leaks and drainage problems as well as mineral or corrosive depots that can constrict water flow. If left undetected for too long, expensive damage and necessary repairs might be needed.
Toilets – Cracks, leaks and loose fittings can eventually occur over time and identifying them early can alleviate the need for more expensive repairs later. Flappers should be inspected, and often replaced, regularly. If they are working improperly, you can lose up to 200 gallons of water every day!
Water heaters – Traditional tank water heaters are responsible for a large amount of energy consumption in your home, so if for no other reason, it’s important to make sure it is operating effectively and efficiently. Tanks should be regularly checked for leaks and sediment buildup at least once a year. For safety, the temperature and pressure valve should also be inspected.
Main Line Stoppages – An inspection of your main sewer line is important because when problems arise here, repair costs are not cheap. Tree roots, sludge build up, foreign objects, cracks and offset or bad joints can all be potential problems.
When it comes to the cost of maintenance compared to the benefits of avoiding expensive repairs, regular maintenance should win every time.
In addition to annual plumbing inspections, it’s a good idea for anyone purchasing a new home or preparing to sell their home to have the home’s plumbing system inspected to avoid frustrating surprises in the buying or selling process.
At Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, our plumbers are experienced in identifying and repairing all kinds of plumbing problems. Schedule maintenance with us today or contact us to learn more.